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FDA Works to Keep Injectable Opioids Available to Treat Animals’ Surgical and Trauma Pain During Ongoing Supply Shortage December 13, 2018 In its continuing mission to protect animal health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it has worked with Pfizer Inc. to help alleviate a shortage of certain injectable opioids available to treat pain in animals, by facilitating the availability of a limited amount of product labeled for human use. Most of the opioid pain medications used in veterinary medicine are approved for use in humans but also used...

ONE HEALTH CONSORTIUM - DECEMBER 14, 2018 Please join the Idaho One Health Consortium on December 14, 2018 for “Cyanobacterial Blooms: Problem-solving for Response to “Harmful Algal Blooms” The in-person meeting will be held in the basement of the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories (2220 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, ID). If you are unable to make the in-person meeting, please see information below for remote meeting access! Sincerely, Dr. Leslie Tengelsen Idaho One Health Consortium One-Health-Meeting-Agenda_14Dec2018_FINAL...

Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the FDA’s new resource guide to support responsible opioid prescribing for pain management in animals   https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm617007.htm   This statement was updated on August 20, 2018 to reflect the current available products for use in animals. As FDA Commissioner, addressing the opioid epidemic and the misuse and abuse of these drugs remains one of my highest priorities. As we look at tackling the opioid crisis, it’s important that we take a close look at all the access points where these powerful medications can be obtained. We must...

VMAE/VHMA Quarterly Webinar Series   Boosting Your Financial IQ to Maximize Fiscal Performance   The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) and Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) – organizations committed to helping veterinary practices thrive – have entered into a strategic partnership to realize their shared goal of advancing practice health in veterinary medicine.  The collaborators are pleased to announce the launch of a four-part webinar series, Boosting Your Financial IQ to Maximize Fiscal Performance, which is designed to elevate the financial literacy of those involved in veterinary management.  The webinars are available free of...

Frustration mounts over opioid shortage Chronic scarcity leaves veterinarians scrambling for alternatives By R. Scott Nolen Posted June 13, 2018 Starting late last year, veterinarians from small-town clinics to university teaching hospitals saw their stocks of injectable opioids dwindle away, with no guarantee from distributors when there might be more. Orders for fentanyl, hydromorphone, and morphine, once placed roughly every couple weeks, are made daily now, assuming the drug is even available. Should a distributor happen to have a particular opioid in stock on a given day, customers can purchase only a dozen or so...

A Boy Contracted the First Case of Bubonic Plague Idaho Has Seen in 26 Years By BILLY PERRIGO June 14, 2018 http://www.time.com/5312191/bubonic-plague-elmore-county-idaho/ A boy in Idaho has contracted the first case of bubonic plague the state has seen for 26 years, according to health officials. The child, who remains unidentified, was treated with antibiotics in the hospital and is now recovering at home in a stable condition. The Central District Health Department, which announced the news of the bubonic plague’s return, said it was unclear whether the boy had contracted the disease in Idaho or on a recent trip to...

Above: Dr. John Lanting receives the 2018 IVMA Veterinarian of the Year award. Presented by Dr. J.V. Bollar, the 2017 IVMA Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. John Lanting was named the 2018 IVMA Veterinarian of the Year. The ceremony took place during the IVMA Summer Meeting on June 15, 2018 at the Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. Dr. Lanting has practiced veterinary medicine in the Magic Valley area for the past 47 years, primarily as a beef cattle practitioner.  Up until just a few years ago, he also practiced some...

June 01, 2018  DEA provides update on opioid shortage Posted May 9, 2018 The Drug Enforcement Administration released a statement April 10 on the ongoing opioid shortages affecting both human and veterinary medicine. "In order to prevent any pharmaceutical drug shortage that negatively impacts patients, DEA is working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, drug manufacturers, wholesale distributors and hospital associations to ensure that patients have access to necessary hospital-administered pain medications," according to the DEA statement. "These include certain injectable products that contain morphine, hydromorphone, meperidine, and fentanyl." "In recent months, the...

Get registered for the Equine Hind Suspensory Ligament and Stifle Ultrasound Lecture and Wet Lab presented by Dr. Diane Isbell Dr. Diane Isbell graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Having grown up with an equine background, it was natural for her to gravitate towards practicing equine medicine. While attending UC Davis, Dr. Isbell was introduced to the early ultrasound imaging by her professor, Dr. Carol Gillis, DVM PhD who founded the ultrasound department at UC Davis. Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 Time: 8 AM - 5:15 PM Location: Lecture at...

The State/Federal Accreditation Seminar for the state of Idaho will be held: Date: Monday, June 4, 2018 Time: 8 AM - 5 PM Place: Idaho State Department of Agriculture (2270 Old Penitentiary Rd, Boise, ID 83712) Continuing Education credits: 8 hrs. If you plan to attend, please call Veterinary Services at 208-373-1620 or Animal Industries at 208-332-8540. More information can be found here - Vet-Accred-Seminar-6-4-18...

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